Religion: Plain Words on Birth Control

The Archbishop of Canterbury last week returned to the debate with Roman Catholics over birth control and suggested that there is room for agreement in principle. Recalling that "for some time past," the Anglican and Episcopal churches have formally favored artificial birth control (the position most recently affirmed at the Lambeth Conference of 1958), Dr. Fisher explained in the Canterbury Diocese Notes why he considered "wise and controlled" family planning "an evident Christian duty."

That duty, wrote the archbishop, springs from the need to keep too-large families from putting an unfair burden on the mother, an unfair handicap on the children, or...

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